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Hello, I'm in school studying to be a teacher and I have a couple of questions......
1. I am gathering a large amount of information already (resources/sources) mostly in paper form. How do I organize these??? Binders, by subject/topic (I'm not sure whether you mean research, possible lesson plans, articles on math, etc.) But, binders will work...three-hole punchers are your friend.
2. How do you organize your day/time management? Gosh...completely depended on the school/class/day...can't offer much help there.
3. How do you organize lesson/unit plans but also materials you have?? I student taught in a 1st grade where each month was essentially a 2different unit themes. The teacher had long flat boxes (probably 5 feet by 3 feet by 3-4 inches high?) marked with each month, and the unit inside of it. All the materials for that month went in there (ie...October was Halloween and the human body, so, the paper skeleton, the Halloween decorations, etc. went in there. Smaller items were in labeled ziplocs within the box). Her books were also organized by theme (she had an extensive classroom library) - little circles with a number (she had 80+ categories!) on the corner of a book, then the books organized by that...she'd pull out the books that went with that theme for each month (all her Halloween books, all her human body books, and then a more generic (say, alphabet books) to make them accessible. It worked well for that class. I ended up teaching older grades, and kept most of my stuff in labeled boxes (the kind reams of paper come in). If it was equipment (magnifying glasses, tissue paper, excavating materials (don't ask)) I tended to keep them together since they'd be used with more than one unit sometimes.
Honestly, you'll find a method that works for you. What works for one person won't always work for another, and you'll hit on something that feels right for you.
Thanks for any suggestions you can offer,